Lomianki hosts world's best and newcomers at Polish Open 2022

Traditional event in Poland kicks off this year's World Para Dance Sport season with 52 athletes from 11 nations 17 Jun 2022
female Para dancer Tomer Margalit hugging her twin
Lomianki is a familiar dancefloor to Israel's Tomer Margalit as she took a silver medal in the Polish city at the 2018 Euros alongside twin sister Liron
ⒸWorld Para Dance Sport
By Aurore Gander | For World Para Dance Sport

The Polish Open returns to Lomianki for the 2022 edition on Saturday and Sunday (18 and 19 June) hosting 52 athletes (31 women and 21 men) from 11 countries across Americas and Europe.  

The competition will see single, combi and duo events, with dancers showing their best choreographies to impress the judges. Some of the world’s best will be in Poland for the first international World Para Dance Sport event of the year.  

The local stars will be ready to dazzle the dancefloor.

30-year-old Joanna Reda, gold medallist at the 2010 World Championships, will kick off her season at home. European champion at Kosice 2016, she will compete in two women’s single events, the single conventional 2 and the single freestyle 2.  

Another home athlete in action will be Pawel Karpinski who celebrates two decades of international events this year. World champion in 2010, he also has a silver and five bronze medals at World Championships. He will a one to watch defending the host nation.  

International stars open the season

Among the international stars, Tomer Margalit of Israel will compete in two events in Poland, in the women’s single events, the single conventional 1 and the single freestyle 1. She will also accompany Orel Halaf in the combi freestyle 1 event.  

Margalit has two medals from the last World Championships at Bonn 2019, one bronze and one silver. 

She is familiar with Lomianki as she took a silver medal at the 2018 European Championships competing with her twin sister Liron.

Other athlete to compete in single and duo events will be Ukraine’s Volodymyr Kernychnyi, gold medallist at the Malle 2017 World Championships.  

He will take on the dancefloor in the men’s single conventional 2, before joining Snizhana Kernychna in the duo standard 1, duo freestyle 1 and duo latin 1.  

The combi Latin 1 will see a new duo coming from USA, Mariah Levin and Derrick Williams. 

Lomianki 2022 will also mark the first participation of Estonia in an international Para dance sport competition.